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CWP Sept 2019 Recipe:

September 3, 2019

September 3, 2019

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This year, the Cold War Patriots created a calendar filled with delicious recipes submitted by our members. Each month we will be posting a different recipe from the 2019 Cold War Patriots Calendar for you to try. Hope you enjoy!

Green Chile Enchiladas

Submitted by: Teresa, former worker for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total: 25 min


4 tbsp. butter or margarine
6 tbsp. flour and 1 tbsp. salt
5 cups milk
1 cup grated American cheese
½ to 1 cup chopped green chiles (fresh or canned)
½ clove garlic (minced)
12 tortillas (1 bag) and 1 bag of shredded lettuce
1 can of black olives and 1-2 tomatoes (chopped)
Oil for cooking tortillas


Melt the butter in a sauce pan and then blend in flour. Slowly stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens. Add salt, grated cheese, green chiles and garlic. Remove from heat, cover and let sit. In separate pan, heat oil over high heat. Once hot, dip tortillas into oil, turning once (about 5 seconds on each side). Do not allow tortillas to become crisp. Fry the rest of tortillas in the package and drain on paper towels. Spread each
tortilla with small amount of the blended cheese/chiles mixture. Roll and arrange enchiladas in shallow casserole. Pour remaining cheese/chili mixture over the top. Top each enchilada with grated cheese and place in oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 mins. Garnish with tomatoes, shredded lettuce and olives if desired.

Recipe Story:

This recipe for Green Chile Enchiladas has been made by many citizens and former workers of Los Alamos.
Minette and her mother, Teresa, originally came across it in a local cookbook that was released from a once popular eating establishment in the area, Philomena’s Restaurant. While the restaurant is no longer around, the recipe for Green Chile Enchiladas is still well loved. Teresa would often make this entrée for her family and now Minette is carrying on the tradition. She is excited to share with not only her own family, but her Los Alamos family as well.

About Los Alamos National Lab:

In 1942, the Los Alamos National Laboratory was chosen as a top secret location for designing the atomic bomb. It was known as “Project Y “and was one of several laboratories located around the United States that was given a letter name in order to remain “secret.” Los Alamos was considered the main hub for the atomic bomb design.